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Where can we find the best flatpack kitchens?

Ryan smith
6 years ago
last modified: 2 years ago

Hi guys, loving this website and the feedback users can offer, I'm looking at installing a new kitchen, considering I'm a carpenter by trade I will have a go at installing all cabinets myself, now I like the idea of flat pack kitchens considering we won't be living in this house long term, my wife and I are looking at either Bunnings, Masters or Ikea, would love any feedback or do's and dont's from those who have used either of the 3, Attached is a pic of my old kitchen

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    Chaddys kitchen designs
    4 years ago
    Emma, how is your new Freedom Kitchen? Who was your designer?
  • Sophie C.
    4 years ago
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    Our new kitchen is a mix of IKEA and Bunnings, which might sound odd but worked out fine. I fell in love with a light IKEA wood look, but there were two problems - spouse said he didn't fancy an ALL wood kitchen and secondly, IKEA don't make a corner pantry, which was the only design point I was adamant about. And Bunnings pantries don't come in a nice wood (in my view). We chose an antique white for pantry and then matched lower cupboards from IKEA that go on the not quite island bench to that - so the kitchen is a mix but looks seamless and light. The IKEA cupboards without backs weren't as much of a problem as the crooked walls and floors, which required new wall linings anyway. The pantry is incredibly solid and heavy and works a treat, although could have used several pairs of hands in the installation. The internal fittings of both are different but fulfil similar purposes, so go with what you can get and what you like. Our benchtops and glass splashbacks were custom made to suit and are similar in colour to the antique white, with a fleck in the bench to tie it into the wood colour. So far, everything from both seems sturdy and works well.

  • Jennifer Bradley
    3 years ago

    PS The cupboards (incl pantry) were the cheapest part of our kitchen - less then $7000 for everything, including handles and kickboards, and internal fittings. I got the benchtops cheaper than either IKRA or Bunnings as my carpenter knew a local supplier, but installation cost more as it also included plumbing and electrical work.


  • stella5555
    3 years ago

    Jennifer Bradley that is so interesting. I love the Ikea kitchens but we were scared off as sizing was not standard, as is often the case with Ikea. So did you have any issues in that regard combining Ikea and Bunnings? I would love to see a pic...

  • Jennifer Bradley
    3 years ago

    I'll try - I did take one or two photos and I'll see if I can work out how to put one here ... I'm not sure what you mean about sizes not being "standard" - they seemed pretty much like everything else. In any case if your house is about 30 plus years old, like ours, standard wall sizes and widths can be a problem. We had a 240 cm (I think) width, with corners at each end, and everything seemed to be combinations of 60 cm. Let me see.

  • siriuskey
    3 years ago

    Bunnings now offer a service to resize cabinets to fit difficult situations

  • Jennifer Bradley
    3 years ago

    I failed including a photo - which at present is in my Mac photos application - anybody got any advice on how to do this?? Thank you.


  • siriuskey
    3 years ago

    Hi there, it's the same principal as attaching a photo to an email find what file you have your photo in, then make a comment click on photo below and search for that photo and double click it once you have found it, it will load in the comment section good luck

  • Jennifer Bradley
    3 years ago

    When I tried that it said my post was some ten times multiple above the size allowed so I'm still puzzling over how to handle. My photos aren't in a recognisable "file", which might be the problem.

  • siriuskey
    3 years ago

    Can you re size your photo to a small website size, as it appears your photo is too big

  • Jennifer Bradley
    3 years ago

    That was awfully complicated but there it is. Hope this isn't too big. The wood colour is reasonably accurate, but the "antique white" isn't.

  • siriuskey
    3 years ago
    last modified: 3 years ago

    The kitchen looks brilliant and how clever to think to use two different companies. If you want to see the picture larger just click on it cheers

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    3 years ago

    I should add for Stella's sake that the pantry was the only thing that wasn't the same standard size - mainly because it sits on the ground rather than on legs (weight) so the top doesn't match the top of our other cupboards - height of top cupboards decided by the high cupboards on each side (for fridge and ovens). We also had a problem with the IKEA kick boards - they exposed too much floor (which was odd as the cupboards were deeper than our old ones) - fixed that with aluminium faced kick boards which match appliances and look much better than the IKEA ones.


  • siriuskey
    3 years ago

    What a shame about the pantry how short is it, wouldn't 5 of those Bunnings black adjustable feet have supported it, ie one in each corner and one in the middle if it's square, two in the middle if rectangle, you can buy them, I even have some spares in my cupboard.

  • Jennifer Bradley
    3 years ago

    It's not short, really, just a couple of inches (yes, for small measures I struggle with metrics - still use dual measure tape measures for all sewing). And also unless you climb up, the difference is hard to see - I put some large platters on top anyway, so you can't tell. And it's so heavy their feet won't hold it up, I gather, which is why they designed it with its own floor. Which allows me (and the cat) to walk inside it!

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